Meet the Exonerees

Cornelius Reed

State: Wisconsin
Date of Birth: 1978
Incident Date: 12/28/1992
Age at Arrest: 15
Conviction Date: 1993
Age When Exonerated: 20
Exonerated Date: 1997
Time Served: 3
Conviction: First-degree intentional homicide
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No

Case Details

On December 28, 1992, Danielle Daniels was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. A year later, Cornelius Reed, just fifteen at the time of the crime, was convicted of first-degree murder. His conviction was based on the testimony of two witnesses: the victim’s fiancé, and a passerby. Both testimonies were flawed and compromised by a number of factors. In light of this and a new testimony from Ronnie Watkins (a jail-house-snitch who claimed his nephew was the real killer), Reed was granted a retrial. Thus, after three years in prison, Reed was judicially exonerated in 1997 at the age of twenty.